LINDSAY – If you are wondering how to spend your Valentine’s Day this year, consider a Saturday night out with wine, chocolate and the rustic romanticism of Western music.
Strathmore native and Western music sensation Juni Fisher returns to the Lindsay Community Theater on Feb. 10 for one night only. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are only $20 and are available at lindsaycommunitytheater.com. And for just $15 more, you and your valentine can enjoy a special Wine and Chocolate Pre-Show Party from 6 to 7 p.m.
Juni Fisher’s name is synonymous with the kind of songwriting that, according to one promoter “Plumbs the depth of your soul…” She has won many music awards including Western Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Female Performer of the Year, and Best Song in 2011 and 2014.
But Juni did not start out to make her living as a song writer and singer. Her first love, and her greatest skill, is in riding horses.
Fisher grew up in a farming family in Strathmore, but between school and countless singing performances with her two sisters, Juni found a way to have horses, and 4-H and FFA honors followed her throughout her school years. While studying Equine Science at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, she rode young horses, and became known as a good horse show “catch rider.”
She rode her way through college, with top honors at Intercollegiate and Quarter Horse shows. Meanwhile, she was earning horse show entry money singing big band standards in a dance orchestra.
If there was a campfire gathering with music, Juni was there with her guitar, singing the songs of the West she’d learned from her father. In 1984 she moved to Santa Ynez, Calif., to work for a cutting-horse trainer, taking her blossoming songwriting skills with her.
A local band was quick to ask her to play rhythm guitar and sing leads and backups, and soon she was working L.A. area clubs with a country dance band, which was playing western and cowboy music. Juni’s ability to ride at speed across the hills found her a position as a foxhunting “first whipper in,” and she served a one year position with a hunt club in Tennessee. Point to point racing, steeplechasing, and horse trials took the place of cow-horses, while she honed her songwriting skills among Nashville’s finest.
Her first Western release, “Tumbleweed Letters” (1999) reached Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival director Gary Brown in late 2003. He shared Juni’s music with other promoters and soon Juni would shift to music full time as her profession. Fisher now lives in Nashville, and performs at the major festivals and concert venues of all sizes across the US. For more on Juni visit junifisher.net.
Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $15 each and $30 for tickets with the preshow. The Lindsay Community Theater is located at 190 N. Elmwood Ave. in the heart of downtown Lindsay. Just look for the big, neon “Lindsay” sign. For more information, call the theater at 559-284-2223.